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Hidden Gems of Kyoto limited during only 2 months between April and June


Kyoto
8 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Sometimes you had beter choose the day when you visit somewhere when you traval. Some places are opened to public or not, depending on the day or certain period.
Ruriko-in is opened to public during only two months in spring and two months in autumn. You will be amazed at the beautiful reflection of green maple leaves on the table.Then we will enjoy visiting Sanzen-in and Hosen-in in Ohara.

Itinerary

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  • Ruriko-in : This temple is opened to public only 2 months in spring and 2 months in autumn. You will be amazed at its beautiful reflecion of green maple leaves on the table.
  • Sanzen-in: You can enjoy walking in the precinct covered with moss and Japanese cedar trees.
  • Hosen-in: You can have maccha green tea in front of the garden (huge pine tree which is 700 years old)

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What to Expect

If you are interested in taking pictures, you can take wonderful pictures at Ruriko-in. In spring, you can enjoy its marvelous green world covered with green maple leaves and moss.
In autumn, you will be amazed at its gorgeous world covered with colored maple leaves.
In the 2nd week of June( the last time when you can visit Ruriko-in during spring season), you can also enjoy many beautiful hydrangeas in Sanzen-in. (Please note that the time when flowers get in full bloom, varies depends on each year.)
You can visit these temples on weekends too, however, I recommend you visit on weekdays to avoid waiting for a long time in the long line consists of so many many! people.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Keihan Demachi Yanagi Station (If you want me to pick you up at your hotel, the meeting time should be at 8:30 at your hotel and we may use a taxi to Demachi Yanagi Station.
Ending Point Keihan Demachi Yanagi Station (I will tell you how to go back to your hotel from there)

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto area if you want (Please pay taxi, to Demachi-Yanagi Station from your hotel)

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and your guide)
Entrance fee: Ruriko-in, 2000 Japanese yen
Sanzen-in, 700 Japanese yen
Hosen-in, 800 Japanese yen (including maccha and sweet)

Lunch (you and your guide)

Important

If you book me early, I can exchange mails with you many times to know what you want to do in details, collect information and prepare a lot for your plan. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything in advance.

I can guide you in the morning almost every day.(from 8:30 or 9:00 AM till 13:00 or 13:30PM)
This year, in case of the full day tour, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,and Monday are available.

For your reference, Ruriko-in was opened to public during April 15 to June 15 in spring, and October 1 to December 10 in autumn, in 2018.(10:00 ~ 17:00)
Meeting time is flexibe, however, to avoid many people, I recommend you start this tour at 9:00 and be in front of Ruriko-in before 10:00.
After speding about an hour in Ruriko-in, we will take a bus to Ohara.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Bharathan Bharathan Australia ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ visited from Australia ”

Tomoe is a fantastic guide.We had a wonderful experience.She was very helpful and managed to get us through to different places with in 6 hours.Very pleasant and helpful. She arranged lunch at a Japanese restaurant and the food was excellent. Highly recommend her to anyone wants to visit Kyoto.

TOMOE:

Dear Bharathan, Thank you very much for your good review! I spent a wonderful day with you on such a hot day. I like your children so much! There are many other places I want to show you in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka...I hope that you will come to my country and I can see you again. Thank you so much for finding me and booking me. TOMOE

Caren Caren United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Memorable day in kyoto ”

It was such a joy to tour Kyoto with Tomoe as our day was both educational and fun! We learned so much about the history of this beautiful city, and she shared a lot of insight into the Japanese traditions and culture. She is a great representative of Japan exemplifying kindness, thoughtfulness and respect. I plan to contact her on my next visit!

TOMOE:

Dear Caren, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review!! All of your family are really nice people and I felt as if I had been one of your family...How nice and enjoyable day I spent with you! I laughed a lot with your family during the day. Thank you so much for finding me and booking me as your guide. I hope that your aunt has no problem with her knee. Please come back to Kyoto and let me see you again. Thank you very much for such a precious encounter!! TOMOE

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Thank you very much! ”

Tomoe is a great guide!

TOMOE:

Dear Zachary, Thank you very much for giving me 5 stars!! Thanks to you, I enjoyed guiding your clients from the U.S. in Nara so much. They were really nice family, and I talked a lot with them during the day. I hope that they made a wonderful memory in Japan and will visit my country again. Thank you very much! TOMOE

Davena Davena United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ We loved Tomoe! ”

We spent several days in Japan and had Tomoe as our guide on our final day of touring. She was amazing and made it our favorite day. She was kind, patient and an overall joy to spend the day with. She was able to show us the sights, share information about the places visited and hold good conversation throughout the day. We felt like we made a new friend in Kyoto and will be sure to connect with her again when we do return.

TOMOE:

Dear Davena, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review! I wish I could have more time to spend with you, because you are such nice people. You have a luck to see the inside of Hokando-temple which is rarely opened to public and also, you had a chance to see and take pictures with Maiko at Takashimaya department store!! The hot day which I spent with you became one of my precious memories as a guide. Please come to Kyoto again and let me see you. I love your daughters and miss you all! TOMOE

Cindy Cindy Australia ( Couple )
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3 months ago

“ Kyoto Highlights ”

Had a truly wonderful day with Tomoe in Kyoto. We had specific places that we wanted to see purely based on time restrictions and Tomoe got us everywhere. Although the weather wasn’t great it didn’t take anything away from our busy day. Tomoe is very friendly and easy going and it was a pleasure to have her guide us for the day. Terry is still talking about the conveyor belt lunch!! Thanks again for taking photos for us and giving us a taste of Kyoto - hopefully we’ll come back one day. Kind Regards

TOMOE:

Dear Cindy and Terry, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review. You are such a nice couple, so, even it was a rainy day, I enjoyed the day with you very much. ( I told my husband how nice couple you are.) I do hope that you will come back to Kyoto (there are more wonderful places to visit in Kyoto!!) and I can see you again. I miss you! TOMOE

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